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2008 schedule, ticket prices

Posted by Eric Wilbur, Boston.com Staff  November 14, 2007 10:59 AM

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In addition to releasing their schedule for the 2008 regular season -- which opens with a two-game series against the Oakland A’s in Japan -- the Red Sox also today announced some ticket price increases for home games at Fenway Park.

While Fenway’s upper bleachers, standing room, and Conigliaro’s Corner seats remain unchanged, lower bleachers will increase from $23 to $26 for 2008; outfield grandstand seats will also see a $3 increase to $26; while the infield grandstand, right field box, and right field roof box will cost $5 more next season, up to $50 per ticket. The new left field pavilion box seats will go for $75 per ticket. Green Monster and Right Field Roof ticket information will be announced after the new year. Overall, the Red Sox said, ticket prices will increase by 9 percent.

Click here for a full list of 2008 ticket prices. Fans' first chance to buy tickets will come on Saturday, Dec. 8, at the "Christmas at Fenway" event. The Red Sox said more details on the event will be announced in the near future.

“We are conscious of the investment that Red Sox fans make in their beloved team,” Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino said in a club release. “That’s in part why there was no increase on non-premium seats last year, and that’s why we continue to hold the line this year on the lower priced tickets throughout the ballpark. That’s also why we are adding more seats along first base and third base for 2008, quality seats that nonetheless should be affordable for most when they come on board.

“We recognize what a great demand there is for a small supply; that’s why we continue to invest almost every year in increasing the supply.”

Boston will open the season on the road, in Japan, where they will play the A’s at the Tokyo Dome March 25 and 26 (times TBA). The Red Sox will then play another two-game series in Oakland against the A’s, and three-game series in Toronto before the home opener against Detroit on April 8, a home stand that will also feature the first series against the Yankees.

More tidbits from the schedule, courtesy of the Red Sox media relations department:

  • The Sox and Yankees have three weekend series at Fenway Park, April 11-13; July 25-27; and the final three games of the regular season, Sept. 26-28. Boston travels to Yankee Stadium for a four-game weekend series, July 3-6, and a pair of mid-week series, April 16-17 and Aug. 26-28.

  • Boston’s first home stand, scheduled to run April 8-13, features three games each with the Tigers and Yankees. The Red Sox have a pair of nine-game home stands, June 3-12 with Tampa Bay, Seattle, and Baltimore, and July 25-Aug. 3 with the Yankees, Angels, and A’s.

  • Boston will have 18 games versus National League opponents, hosting Arizona, Milwaukee, and St. Louis for three games apiece while playing three-game series at Cincinnati, Houston, and Philadelphia. It will mark the Brewers’ first visit to Boston since moving to the National League in 1998.

  • The Red Sox have scheduled the majority of their home day games (including Sundays) at 1:35 p.m. for 2008. The exceptions will be the home opener on Tuesday, April 8, with Detroit (2:05 p.m.) and Patriots Day on Monday, April 21 with Texas (TBA). Times for all Saturday home games will be determined once the Fox national television schedule is announced.

  • The Red Sox do not play at Fenway on Mother's Day, Father's Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, and even Bastille Day and Labor Day.

    Click here for the complete 2008 schedule.

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